On March 14, which is this Saturday, people will gather together in communities across Canada for an emergency Day of Action to stop the government's "secret police" law Bill C-51. If you are not able to attend these protests, you can sign one of these OpenMedia campaign or Leadnow campaign or this one from Amnesty International.
Keeping up with the Canada-wide protests of Bill C-51? You've come to the right place. Read on for your list of "must reads" on Bill C-51, petitions, and for a curated Twitter feed rounding up all the action from the protests on Saturday.
Bill C-51 will give CSIS new powers to disrupt activities that potentially "threaten the government", and give the government of Canada new powers of surveillance. Many see it as another step toward silencing all forms of dissent in Canada. This weekend, there are protests scheduled across Canada to display opposition to Bill C-51. Click here to see a full list of emerging protests from our friends at LeadNow.ca
Crisis and Control: The Militarization of Protest Policing
It's hard not to admire Lesley J. Wood. She is an associate professor of sociology at York University, an activist in the anti-poverty and global justice movements and a thoughtful writer.
For instance, instead of dismissing the sometimes brutal behaviours of enforcement officers during the G20 summit with an aggrieved insult or a rude gesture and letting it go at that, she put herself in their shoes, imagining herself "a police commander whose job and legitimacy depended on effectively maintaining the status quo."
Why? Wood wanted to get beyond simplistic explanations that posit police as demons in order to build the capacity of movements and resist state repression and corporate domination.
Three members of the so-called Cuban Five, who have been imprisoned for 15 years on spying charges, have been released from prison in the United States.
Gerardo Hernández, Antonio Guerrero and Ramón Labañino were released from a Florida jail Wednesday and flown back to their native Cuba. The two other members of the five, Fernando González and René González, were released in 2012.
Accused of espionage, the members of the Cuban Five maintained that they never spied on the United States government. They were were convicted of conspiracy and murder charges in 1998.
Related rabble.ca story:
For the second time in less than three weeks, hundreds of people marched through downtown Toronto to protest the systemic abuse experienced by Canada's Black community.
About 300 people gathered at Nathan Phillips Square on Saturday Dec. 13 for the action, which was organized by Black Lives Matter Toronto (BLMTO) in response to state-sanctioned violence and racism, including that of the Toronto Police Service and other local police forces. The group also organized a Nov. 25 protest outside Toronto's U.S. consulate following the grand jury's decision not to indict the police officer who killed Michael Brown.